‘Bong’ Go humbled by MMK story

Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go.

A reluctant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he felt humbled after watching his life story on “Maalaala Mo Kaya” over the weekend on ABS CBN Channel 2.

“We only live once, we shall pass this way only once. That is why we should do whatever we can to help others while we still can,” Go said by way of reacting to the television episode of his life that traced his humble beginnings before he became a special aide of then Davao City mayor now President Rodrigo Duterte and his senatorial drive in this year’s midterm polls.

Actor Joseph Marco played the role of “Bong” Go while actress Meg Imperial played Go’s wife, Emmylou. Veteran actor Phillip Salvador essayed the role of Rodrigo Duterte.

In an interview with MindaVote’s Carlos Munda on Saturday, Go acknowledged that he, at first, did not want his life story to be shown to people but had to do so to help people understand his origins and the work that he does.

Go admitted that public service is not easy.

“What you saw is true. You hardly have time anymore for your family if you are in public service,” he said.

Despite the sacrifices, Go conceded that serving the people is a fulfilling job, a job that makes him happy and one he intends to do for a very long time.

It was this invaluable service to the country that the City of Legazpi in Albay declared Go as an adopted son in a city resolution awarded to him during his visit there Friday.

Go was cited for his involvement in pushing for infrastructure projects lined up for the Bicol region via the “Build, Build, Build” Program of President Duterte, in initiating the Malasakit Center at the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital (BRTTH), as well as his exemplification of the true spirit of a Legazpeño.

In a two-page Resolution dated 4 February 2019, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Legazpi declared Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as an “adopted son of Legazpi City.”

The two-page City Resolution 14-0034-2019 dated 4 February 2019, was certified by Temporary Secretary Aaron R. Apistar, City Councilor Lilian R. Ramirez and acting Vice Mayor Vicente F. Baltazar III.

Apart from being presented the resolution, Go also received a plaque recognizing him as an adopted son of Legazpi City due to “his invaluable time and effort in bringing into the President’s attention and in helping in the speedy resolution of the Batocabe case.”

What you saw is true. You hardly have time anymore for your family if you are in public service.

Go was in Albay to attend the AKO Bikol Youth Summit organized by the AKO Bikol Partylist. He spoke to an audience composed of Albay government officials, youth sector leaders and members of the youth.

Go over the weekend paid tribute to barangay officials in Rizal who are at the forefront in the fight against illegal drugs and criminality, saying they deserve better benefits.

“One of my priorities if ever I get elected is a Magna Carta for public officials,” Go said in a message at the Anti-Drug Seminar of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council for all barangay captains and councilors of the province of Rizal held at the Ynares Sports Complex.

Under the Magna Carta for barangay officials, Go said village officials will receive additional benefits and social protection.

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